Have you seen the reels and tik toks of small business owners either stating how awesome it is to not work a normal corporate job or how they quit their 9-5 job to work 24 hours for themselves? These videos are quite comical because on some level I can relate. But let me share with you my current perspective. I have changed careers 3 times since graduating college over 10+ years ago. I don’t think that’s a problem because as I grow and change, what I want in life also changes. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely did not quit my jobs with no plan in place or backups! No! No! I always worked hard regardless of the incomes, but you could say I am well seasoned at this point.
Currently I am starting something new (and quite frankly terrifying) by investing in myself and focusing on my photography business. It has been a side hustle of mine for a few years. My goal was to go full time eventually but wanted a little more time before doing so. However, the timing of it just aligns right now with us relocating to Knoxville,TN. So not only will I be trying to become an established family photographer in Knoxville and surrounding areas, but it is a completely new location to me with no known partners in crime!
Starting or trying anything new can be scary – but I am choosing to push through it. Let’s just say this little guy has nailed the way I am feeling about it! As a child I did not seem to have much fear. I was the youngest of 3 and believed I could do anything and everything anyone in my family did, even at a very young age. Let me tell you a story as it often told to me and about me…
As a youngster (let's just say between 3-6 years old) I was outside while my dad was working on the roof. My curious self decided to go see what he was up to. I climbed the ladder and called out when I got to the top. I can only imagine the shock and fear he felt at seeing his little girl at the top of the ladder (now before any judging goes around, I am sure others were outside with me - probably my older siblings who may or may not have forgotten about me...TBD). I didn't know how to be fearful though and never saw a problem with being up there. Especially a few years later when I threw snowballs down at my brother from the flat roof top (high ground and all!)
As an adult I know the risks and it can be scary. Investing in yourself and failing can be terrifying, but I am choosing to believe it will still be worth it. So I am jumping in with 2 feet and will be in Knoxville, TN in August. Here’s to hoping it ends like this little guy’s opinion of me did by the end of our session!